Monday, February 4, 2008
It's Carnaval in the Netherlands and more (in)famous in Brazil, and most other Roman Catholic countries. Carnaval is an annual festival in the Netherlands held 4 days and marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. The carnival, celebrated as a profane event and believed to have its origins in the pagan Saturnalia, can thus be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.
When we were still living in the Netherlands we would dress-up and go bar hopping with lots of friends, 4 days long from morning till nighttime. I wonder how we did it, but when you are young it is fun. Now having children and not living in Holland for more than 10 years I've been not celebrating Carnaval, but sometimes we miss it. Especially when you see the pictures in the newspaper. Here a glimpse from some people who still enjoy getting dressed up and have fun.
(These photos are from wwww.photogenique.nl)